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June 15, 2017

The challenges of a hearings-based justice system and its implications for stakeholders who are involved in Uruguay’s new criminal justice process will be addressed during a seminar to be held in Montevideo for attorneys, judges, public defenders, prosecutors and police officers on June 21 and 22. The meeting, entitled “Uruguay’s New Criminal Procedure Code,” is being organized by the Inter-Institutional Commission for the Implementation of the Criminal Procedure Code in Uruguay and the Justice Studies Center of the Americas.

The event, which will be held in the Mario Benedetti Room of the Antel Auditorium, will be inaugurated by Uruguay’s Prosecutor General Jorge Díaz, JSCA Board of Directors President and Uruguayan procedure specialist Santiago Pereira and representatives of the country’s Judicial Branch, public defender’s office and Ministry of the Interior.

The seminar will take place on the evenings of June 21 and 22 beginning at 6 p.m. The topics addressed will be the structure of a hearings-based system including both preliminary hearings and the oral trial. The first day will include lectures and the second a mock oral trial.

The presenters will be JSCA Training Area Coordinator Leonel González and JSCA Research and Projects Coordinator Marco Fandiño.


In addition to JSCA’s participation in this seminar, the international agency is supporting the implementation of Uruguay’s new Criminal Procedure Code through an agreement signed with the country’s Minister of the Interior last February.

During April and May, two training activities were held for nearly 100 participants in the new system –judges, public defenders, prosecutors and police officers- focused on strategies and skills for litigation in an adversarial system.

The third and final stage of the training program will be held June 20-23 at the National Police Education Directorate. The instructors will be Marco Fandiño, Leonel González and Argentine academic Carolina Mauri.



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